Tired Ranch Wife

If you don’t like the weather today, that’s okay. There’s a good chance tomorrow will be very different. Last Monday we experienced an overcast, damp cold type of day. Tuesday we received 3-4″ of wet snow. Wednesday we saw a high in the 30’s with high temperatures topping out in the mid 60’s over the weekend. Crazy! Sounds like we are in for some good ole South Dakota wind today and Tuesday. There is a wind advisory for our area with predictions of gusts up to 70 mph.

I made a run to North Dakota border town last Monday. My friend Kari R and her youngest son rode along with me. Kari and I were long over due for a good visit and it was fun to have company to run errands with. In addition, I came home with a clean bill of health!

We ran the cows through the chute on Wednesday morning. They got their pre-calving shot and poured.

On the menu: French Dip Sandwiches, Queso Dip with Chips, Cole Slaw, Cherry Pie Jello Salad, Veggies and Rice Crispy Treats.

Thursday and Friday J and I filled our days with chores, odd tasks and house work.

Calving heifers before the cows gives us a chance to gradually work our way into the busyness of calving season. The First Calf Heifers require a lot of babysitting, but we don’t get a huge run of calves on any one day. It feels like J and I are still trying to adjust to “night work.” J operates on less sleep better than I do. At the same time, he can find rest in his easy chair and quickly fall back asleep after the 2 am check. I do pretty good if I stay busy or catch a 20-30 minute nap after dinner. I’m the 5 am girl who gets up and stays up. I will admit we both took advantage of a Sunday afternoon nap.

Friday afternoon-night was our biggest calf drop thus far, four babies! With today’s weather change, I hope we see another drop of several calves.

Saturday evening we had Kari R and her family over for supper. J made a brisket on the Big Green Egg. Kari and I filled it with three different types of salad, veggies, beer bread and Homemade Chocolate Zinger Cake. We had a good visit and the food was awesome.

I must share a few books I’ve enjoyed. I read the first two books in the Midwife Series by Jodi Daynard. These are historical fiction novels set during the American Revolution. The Midwife’s Revolt and Our Own Country. Each book tells the story of a strong young women. The books overlap a bit and it’s interesting to see how the author had the two main characters tell of the same events from each of their experiences.

I am currently reading In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by Rhys Bowen. This World War II account is told from the view of an aristocratic family in England. The body of a soldier, who’s parachute failed, was found on the grounds of Lord Westerham’s estate. Who is this soldier? Is he a German Spy? The interweaving of character friendships before war, their jobs during the war and the mystery of the parachute soldier makes for a good read.

All in all J and I had a good week. If the weather didn’t keep us on our toes we would not have much to talk about. The heifers are keeping us a little lack of sleep, but healthy calves jumping and bucking makes us smile! With brisket leftovers and rich chocolate cake we shall survive.

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14 Responses to Tired Ranch Wife

  1. Cindy says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Robyn! Have an Awesome day!

  2. Darcy says:

    Glad calving heifers is going well! It’s tough work, but important work. 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      You are right, Miss Darcy. Thanks for the encouragement. I told J this morning that it makes me nervous to go check and there is nothing going on. I feel like I am missing something. When the heifers are all laying down and chewing their cud I don’t think having a baby is on their mind. It could get busy with colder weather moving in.

  3. Kelly says:

    Happy birthday sis! Wish u and Laineybug cld celebrate together! Have a great day 😘

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks, Miss Kelly! It would be fun to have a joint birthday celebration…someday. Looks like Lainey has some new boots to wear to her next rodeo. Thanks for the fun video, I love it!

  4. Jona says:

    Happy, happy birthday dear friend! I hope calving continues to go well. I am absolutely loving your chicken photos. Such pretty feathers!

  5. I can’t wait to try your recipes and I also can’t wait until our spring calves start arriving which could be any day!! This weather merry-go-round has kept me in a lot because the wind wreeks havoc on my sinuses and I wind up in bed sick!! I’m ready for spring and lots of outdoor work. I have one hen that looks like yours and she lays a beautiful pink egg and it’s large for a pullet!! Have a great week!

  6. Kim's County Line says:

    Happy Birthday, Robyn! I doubt you get much of a celebration, but it was nice to see J post something for you on your FB wall! That was sweet!

    We have horrible wind and have for the past couple of days, with no end in sight. There are lots of wildfires in Kansas today. None are directly threatening us, but others aren’t so fortunate. Right now, the wind is blowing hard from the south. It’s supposed to switch to the north, which may cause embers to drift into other unburned material. It makes me nervous.

    • Robyn says:

      Kim,
      I was wondering how close the wild fires are to you. Glad to hear you are safe, at the moment. It sounds like the fires have been devastating.

  7. Bonnie says:

    It was the opposite in our family. Mom is the night shift and Dad was always up early. I loved checking them at night when the moon was full.. Hope the weather today was better than the wind and snow we had. Happy calving.

  8. Pamela Galindo says:

    Happy belated birthday wishes, dear Robyn. The little calves are so cute…..remembering how I wanted to raise a calf as a teenager (begging my dad daily) and he brought home two calves one evening and put them in our pasture; I had no idea how much work was involved and the dedication needed. LOL I may have mentioned this book to you before, but unsure; and I have no read it, but it made me think of you when I ran across it: THE CHILBURY LADIE’S CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan….about the struggles, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during WWII. Have a great week ahead.

    • Robyn says:

      Pam,
      Thank you for the birthday wishes.

      Baby calves are fun and some cuter than others. Our favorites are the healthy little go getters. We like them to jump up and go to sucking shortly after birth. Attentive mothers are good too.

      I will look into the book you suggested. It sounds interesting.

  9. Gretchen Davis says:

    Robyn, have you always been around farm – ranch environment? It’s cold here to and windy in Portland Maine. Do you have horses?

    I admire your life on the ranch and I’m glad I came across your blog.

    • Robyn says:

      Hi Gretchen!
      Thank You for reading The Ranch Wife Chronicles and leaving me a comment. I hope you continue to enjoy my ranch life adventures.

      Other than attending college and for a short period after college, I have always lived on a cattle ranch. We do not have horses. My parents had horses when I was very young and my Husband grew up horseback. We do all our work via 4-wheelers.

      I hope you get some calm, sunny, spring like days in the near future.

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